Getting Drugs off the Street

By: Randy Yohe Email
By: Randy Yohe Email

When it comes to drug dealers, most people want them off the streets and behind bars for as long as legally possible and that's what Ashland Police set out to do Wednesday morning.

Police arrested more than half of the 20-or-so drug dealers.

Police say that means a lot of pot, pills and crack cocaine off the streets.

The mass arrests come after months of undercover drug buys, informant tips and tedious police work.

Many of the suspected traffickers will also face much harsher felony charges of selling drugs near a school.

The suspects were rousted from motel rooms, private homes, and police say one suspected dealer was selling drugs to co-workers at various Ashland construction sites.

Also confiscated in the early morning drug raid, crack cocaine smoking kits and somebody else's painkillers in one suspect's pocket.

Police say they're optimistic these suspected dealers will not just post bail and be back out selling the next day.

Captain Don Petrella said, "We've got a new Commonwealth attorney who says he will seek harsher sentences for drug dealers, avoid plea bargains and make the most serious charges stick."

These drug busts are not an exact science.

Police had to flush out several dry holes since many drug dealers don't stay in one place very long.

Some of the targeted suspects were actually served drug dealing warrants while in jail on other charges.

Ashland police will continue serving drug trafficking arrest warrants for the next few days.

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